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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Do you Model true Piety for your Grandchildren?

August 17, 2017
Photo Courtesy of Pixaba Guest blog by Sherry Schumann Jesus chastised the scribes and Pharisees for practicing piety, falsely. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28). For many of us, the word piety has a negative connotation. Like Jesus, we have witnessed one too many hypocrites of the faith. Today, I want to shift our focus from negative-to-positive examples of piety, starting with Scripture and ending with a present-day story. An Old Testament Example of Piety One of my favorite Old Testament characters is Noah, not because he was a great shipbuilder, but because he models piety in a way I understand. Genesis 6:8-9 says, “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” The favor that Noah found in the eyes of the Lord was grace. Noah responded to God’s grace by choosing to walk daily with God in a relationship, like a marriage. Did you notice the word blameless found in this passage? It caused me to stumble because I believed that it meant having to be perfect. Then, I learned blameless means “whole” or “complete” in Hebrew. Noah loved God with his whole heart, plain and simple. A Present-Day Example of Piety Four weeks ago, I witnessed a demonstration of piety, which brought tears to my eyes. I was serving on staff for Grand Camp, and it was my turn to offer the morning devotional. For those of you who haven’t heard of Grand Camp, it’s a five-day camp for grandparents and grandchildren, ages six to twelve. I chose Proverbs 3:5-6 for the morning devotion. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” I wanted to model a trust-walk before we unpacked the verse, so I invited a grandfather and his twelve-year-old granddaughter to the front of the room. I asked the granddaughter if she agreed to be blindfolded and the grandfather if he agreed to be her guide. They agreed. After blindfolding the granddaughter, I placed her by the windows at the far side of the room. I intended her grandfather to find a spot, directly across from her. My heart sank as he went to the opposite corner of the room. She was going to have a tough time navigating blindfolded around the rows of chairs. I complicated matters when I instructed the remaining grandparents and grandchildren, seventy-five in all, to create a din with animal sounds. The trust walk began when the grandfather called, “Sweetheart, listen to my voice and follow my directions.” I watched in amazement as the granddaughter fixed her ears on her grandfather’s voice. At one point, she got stuck trying to navigate her way around a row

Learn how to be a courageous grandparent in this broken world?

August 15, 2017
I would like to introduce you to a book that will challenge grandparents, baby boomers and beyond to look at their grandparenting in our broken world. Courageous Grandparenting: Unshakeable Faith in a Broken World is a call for grandparents and parents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace a radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It’s a call to intentionality—not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. The author, Cavin Harper, Executive Director for Christian Grandparenting Network appeals to the emerging masses of Boomer grandparents to create a movement of godly men and women resolved not to let another generation grow up on our watch that does not know the Lord or His amazing grace. There’s too much at stake if we don’t. Grandmother, Lana Rockwell says, “Courageous Grandparenting is a must read for every Christian grandparent who wants to make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren.” This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent. However, it will give you resources for grandparenting in the broken world we live in today. I am one of the Prayer Directors of Christian Grandparenting Network and eager to share this book with you. If you are looking for a book that will inspire you in your role as a grandparent you will enjoy this book and find it meaningful. his book is available at http://www.christiangrandparenting.net/bookstore By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network

How to Pray for Grandchildren going Back to School

August 10, 2017
I would like to share this Free Back to School E-book with you, giving you resources to pray effectively for your grandchildren as they go back to school. Some of our grandchildren will soon be going back to school in August and September, some are excited to be back in school, and however, some are anxious because of the unknown. The beginning of the school year can be a stressful experience for children from preschool thru college. New teachers and staff, new classmates, new dorm roommates and unfamiliarity in a new school setting can leave children and youth vulnerable to all kinds of negative influences. Our grandchildren are growing up and educated in a time of global uncertainty, with peer pressures and temptations that we never experienced in our youth. We, as grandparents can help provide a hedge of protection for them, so they may be able to resist the temptations and deceptions they encounter, and experience, peace, joy, and success, as they navigate their world hostile to the truth. Call to Action The Back to School E-book will encourage you and give you useful ways to intentionally pray such as Suggestions to Pray for School Children (Preschool thru college). The responses for the E-book was overwhelming last year, get your E-book soon. I would love to send you this free E-book to help you intentionally pray for your grandchildren as they go back to school. Sign up (on the right side of the page) for my blog updates and never miss a post on my website. Then I will send you a free download of “Suggestions to Pray for Grandchildren in School” (preschool thru college) and the “31 Scriptures to Pray for Children” as a bonus along with the E-book. If you are already a subscriber, just send me an email requesting the Back to School E-book with the bonus. Leave a comment on my website or send me an email to: lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com    

“How can I pray for you?”

August 7, 2017
Have you asked your teenage grandchildren how you can pray for them? Life ‘s hard living in today’s post-Christian culture. Teenagers need the assurance that their parents and their grandparents are praying for them. Ask your grandchildren “How can I pray for you?” Ask your teenage grandchildren before they go back to school, “How can I pray for you? “ Then you will know how to pray for them individually. It will also indicate that you are interested in their lives. Send them a text, an email or a card once in awhile to let them know you are praying for them. Ask God to place a hedge of protection around your grandchildren physically, emotionally and spiritually. Be strong. Keep alert and recognize the temptations so they can flee from them. Let’s make the National Grandparents’ Day a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren on Sunday, September 10, 2017.                      http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com By Lillian Penner, Christian Grandparenting Network

Are you standing in the gap with Prayer for your grandkids?

August 2, 2017
We live in a time of extraordinary circumstances and events. We all—our culture, our nation, our world need grandparents to be actively influencing their grandchildren for Christ. We need to be intentional. It takes effort. It takes prayer. It takes you. Our role as a grandparent in the lives of our grandchildren is unique and powerful. Our influence is incredibly important. No one else has the power or the influence that we do in the lives of the grandchildren. Never forget that no matter who you are or what your situation is, God is in it with you. He has the power to make your efforts for His kingdom take root and bear fruit. He just needs grandparents to stay involved. Show up. Be there. Remain in the game. Or get in the fight. Then watch what God does to reach our grandchildren for Him. As grandparents, we have the responsibility to pray for our grandchildren deliberately. Ultimately, it is up to Him to draw hearts and minds to Himself, including the hearts and minds of our grandchildren and their parents. However, we can partner with God to influence our families for Jesus Christ. As one of the Prayer Directors for Christian Grandparenting Network, I would like to encourage you to participate in a Grandparents @ Prayer intercessory prayer group. There are many groups throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa meeting to pray for their grandchildren intentionally. I have guidelines and resources to help you get started. Grandparents tell me repeatedly how they appreciate having a place where they feel safe requesting prayer for their grandchildren going through difficult times. You my learn more at https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer/ Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is an excellent time to plan an event to gather grandparents to share with them about starting a Grandparents@Prayer group. http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com Dear Lord, help my grandkids learn how to recognize Your voice when you speak to them. In Jesus’ name. Lillian Penner, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net Sherry Schumann, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net    

Have you heard of the 30-Day Prayer Challenge for Grandparents?

July 30, 2017
  Recently a friend, Deborah Haddix introduced me to The 30-Day Praying with Purpose Grandparent Prayer Challenge, which ends on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10. I want to share this challenge with you because I think it is an excellent resource for grandparents to prepare their hearts for the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. The 30-Day Praying with Purpose Grandparent Prayer Challenge Saturday, August 12, 2017 – Sunday, September 10, 2017                  Intentional Prayer Matters Impact the lives of your grandchildren through the power of prayer. Take the 30-Day Prayer Challenge. The Challenge equips grandparents to pray specifically, intentionally, consistently, diligently, and faithfully for their grandchildren for 30 days by way of daily prayer prompts, tips, and a host of suggested “optional” activities.   An opportunity for support, encouragement, accountability, and community are also available through the Challenge. Download your copy of the Challenge booklet today. Complete the Challenge with a couple of friends, use in it your small group, or share it with your church. Make the commitment and join with other grandparents around the globe as we Pray with Purpose. Download the FREE 30-Day Prayer Challenge Booklet HERE. This 30-Day Prayer Callenge for grandparents was written by Deborah Haddix. Writer, Speaker, Christian Life CoachDeborah is author of Praying with Purpose: Helping Equip Your Grandchildren to Stand Fast in the Faith and developer of the 30-Day Praying with Purpose Grandparent Prayer Challenge. I hope you will find this Prayer Challenge helpful as you pray intentionally for your grandchildren. For more information about the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10 go to www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com. By Lillian Penner, Co-Director of the prayer ministry for Christian Grandparenting Network. lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net.